Wallasey School Closed

Name Wallasey School Closed
Website http://www.wallaseyschool.co.uk
Ofsted Inspection Rating Inadequate
Inspection Date 06 November 2013
Address Birket Avenue, Moreton, Wirral, Merseyside, CH46 1RB
Phone Number 0151 6777825
Type Secondary
Age Range 11-18
Religious Character Not applicable
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 710

Information about this school

Wallasey School is a smaller than average-sized secondary school with a sixth form. Most students are of White British heritage. The proportion of students supported by pupil premium funding (additional funding for pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, those looked after by the local authority and children of service families) is above average. The proportion of students supported through school action is broadly average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is above average. The school has a number of awards including, for example, Healthy School status. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The school houses the Redgrave Centre, a resource unit for students with moderate learning or specific learning difficulties. Since the last inspection there have been significant changes in staff. The headteacher was previously the acting deputy headteacher for two terms before she was appointed as headteacher in September 2013. At this point a new acting deputy headteacher was appointed.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils

This is a school that has serious weaknesses. Too many students do not make the progress expected of them especially in mathematics, where attainment is well below average and has not improved quickly enough. The progress students make, including the most able, those who are supported by the pupil premium, those with disabilities and students with special educational needs is too variable. This is because too many teachers do not use assessment information to set work that meets students’ individual needs. Teaching over time is inadequate. It is too variable in quality across the school, with too much teaching that is inadequate or requires improvement, particularly in mathematics. Students are not always provided with sufficient guidance about how to improve their work and teachers do not always use marking to check students’ learning and to move their learning on. Students are not given sufficient opportunities to work by themselves or in groups. The sixth form requires improvement because : students are making expected progress but relatively few students make better progress than this. Students’ attitudes and behaviour require improvement. In lessons where their needs are not met they lose concentration and interest in learning. Some subject leaders have not yet fully developed their skills in using assessment information so are not able to drive improvements in achievement. The school has the following strengths The resolute leadership of the headteacher, senior leaders and governors provides very clear direction and they have moved swiftly to put actions into place to address weaknesses. They have secured important improvements to the quality of teaching and students’ achievement in English and the humanities. Results at AS level and in vocational subjects have improved significantly in 2013 as a result of improved monitoring of students’ progress and changes to the curriculum. Students with disabilities or special educational needs make good progress when they are taught in the Redgrave Centre.